President Emmanuel Macron of France has reappointed Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder and Chairman of BUA Group as the President of the France Nigeria Business Council.
This was announced at the July 2022 Meeting of the France Nigeria Business Council held in Paris, the nation’s capital.
Addressing the council, Rabiu described it as a personal honour for him to be a part of the France Nigeria Business Council.
“It’s a privilege to serve as the pioneer President of the Council which was inaugurated just over a year ago and now, be reappointed as President,” he emphasised.
The BAU chairman also appreciated Macron for his support and for reappointing him as well as Jean Haas of Relais (France) as President of the Council and Head of the Secretariat respectively.
The France Nigeria Business Council brings together the top businesses in Nigeria and France to improve business relations between Nigeria and France. It also ensures routine cooperation that will bring about immense economic benefits for both countries.
Speaking further, Rabiu lauded the progress that has been made by the France Nigeria Business Council since its inauguration and the commitment of members despite the slow global recovery in pushing forward with various partnerships.
These include plans by some of Nigeria’s biggest banks to set up subsidiaries in France, and BUA’s partnership with Axens of France to build a 200,000bpd refinery in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria amongst other key projects by members.
Rabiu also encouraged members of the council to keep seeking partnership opportunities, whilst planning, working together and adding value to each other. He said this is so that successes already being created can be escalated for the mutual economic benefit of Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and France – a global economic leader.
He added: “It is also expected that Rabiu’s current tenure will see the creation of working sub-committees and sectoral groups to enhance the council’s effectiveness.”
French members of the council include the Global Chief Executives of Total Energies, Dassault, Axens, Accor, and CMA, amongst others.
On the Nigerian side, they are Dr Mike Adenuga of Globacom & Conoil; Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank; Gilbert Chagoury of Chagoury Group; Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group; Tony Elumelu of UBA, Heirs Holdings and Tony Elumelu Foundation.
Dr Herbert Wigwe of Access Bank Group; Dr Philip Mshelbila of NLNG; Sen. Daisy Danjuma of Sapetro and May & Baker; and Abdul Samad Rabiu.